John Bisig– May 11, 2011

Gary Lupole– February 2012

Paul Burch– March 8th, 2016

Robert Lynn Davis– August 14th, 2016

Sam Bailey February 4th, 2020

Chase Haddock April 10th, 2020

Leigh Burch– April 26,2021





  1. Raymond C Lee says:

    I have taken Harvoni that the VA gave me I am now hepatitis free. My wife of 30 years has been diagnosed with the same hep c I had. The VA has admitted I got it from my military service so they should give the cure to my wife. Does anyone have a my knowledge of how to go about getting this done for her? Thanks Ray

  2. lawrence j branca says:


  3. Dave says:

    Link to a good scholarly article online for sides of interferon…


  4. Dave says:

    Anyone got links for scholarly articles for ribavarin and pegasys side effects? specifically, insomnia, hypopnea, sleep apnea, and gum disease?

  5. John aka Gio says:

    I have a veteran that 72 years old now and that’s been diagnosed with Hepatitis 20 years ago is there a way to start the process on the claim I’m not too familiar with the hepatitis filing a claim I need your expertise in this matter thank you Gio

  6. Dave says:

    I was diagnosed with Hep C just over a year after I ETS’d back in 2000. Did the treatment for 48 weeks in 2003-04 (Pegasys and Ribivarian) . Due to my ignorance, I just recently filed a claim because I started having symptoms around 1998 while on active duty. VA granted 20 percent but I still have issues with the side effects from the treatment over a decade later. Filed for secondary claims for a variety of conditions caused by the treatment, but was denied all secondary conditions compensation. Any advice? Thanks

    • asknod says:

      Yes sir. Tons of it. Filing a claim is Step one. Getting a nexus letter is Step 2. Without it, you will always lose. Click on the above widget in the black area that says ‘Nexus Bible’ to get an idea of what your doctor needs to write. We’ll be here to help you.

      • Dave says:

        Thanks, I read through your nexis bible, I gave them all that paperwork from the beginning, initial bloodwork, tests, biopsy, and doctors notes throughout treatment. that’s how I got the 20%. so I filed a subsequent claim for conditions developed over the years post treatment, with medical paperwork as well. all those subsequent (secondary claims) got denied. if I read correctly, they attributed the conditions to hep c, NOT the treatment.

        • asknod says:

          That’s where a good hepatologist is useful. They are well-acquainted with the thyroid cancers and DM2 being secondaries. Cryoglobulinemia, skin ulcerations, Crohn’s disease are the tip of that iceberg. The studies and treatise papers are out there on the subject. Finding them is the ticket. I got my doctor to write them all at the same time I filed for HCV. I waited for 6 years and then sprang them as claims. Not much VA could say. It was right there in the records.We do have Dr. Ben Cecil who can do this if necessary, too.

        • Silvia Hinojosa says:

          If you tell me the conditions I can find studies to support them.

  7. woodguy11 says:

    hey buddy congratulations on your beating that dragon….now there will be a 3 month and 6 month labs then you will know for sure. I just did a 3 month and still clear. I’m happy for you and I pray for all of us clearing this nasty thing. Good Luck dude Ray

  8. woodguy11 says:

    this is good news …..been on harvirin now for 6 weeks and can tell the virus has flown the coop.6 more weeks and fini…..you should have cleared the virus ..if so, now you have the rest of your life to live good luck stay healthy ray

  9. ted bradford says:

    started harvoni treatment in November no signs as of April VAMC St Louis

  10. woodguy11 says:

    make an appointment with the gi clinic at your VA hospital …they want to interview you then there will be a follow up for getting the drug. Or wherever you are getting your care they can or should have a program where they apply for the drug from the manufacturer.Gilead Sciences make this drug . If you are poor you can qualify for the drug. but this is through private DR. you should be able to get it at the VA if your kidneys are ok. good luck

  11. ray says:

    thank you for the info. I really mean that……none of the insurance co’s even know about it . My doc at the va said not yet thanks again

  12. ray says:

    ust asking if anyone knows where someone can get a hold of this drug HARVONI the 1 pill therapy that costs 1000 bucks a pill. I only have medicare and the VA. Is the VA using this drug yet? getting short hcvet ray

    • asknod says:

      Ray-I’m unsure how soon VA will pick this up. It’s $1182 a pill. Last I heard they were just beginning to prescribe Sovaldi with ribavirin. They’re about a year behind the times. If you have medicare, ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist and he’ll prescribe it depending on your stage and grade. Then wait for approval. Also contact Patient Access Network and apply for a grant . I got two that covered about 80% of what Medicare wouldn’t. Good luck.

      • woodguy2 says:

        thanks for the info going to GI Dr. in spokane and am hoping for the best,. am interferon intolerant ,did that but with terrible side effects

    • Sis4real says:

      I started TX on November 13, 2014. I go to the VAMC in Salisbury, NC. I am GT1a, F4.

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